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The Complete Illustrated Guide to Rocks of the World


This book is a practical directory of over 150 igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks with expert analysis of the key rock-forming environments of the world. Plus full advice on identifying rock types and building a rock collection. It is a 7" x 9" hardcover book with 128 pages of rock pictures and information.

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Rocks of the WorldTable of Contents

UNDERSTANDING HOW ROCKS ARE MADE8
Inside the Earth10
Continents and Plates12
The Moving Earth14
Mountain Building16
Earthquakes and Faults18
Volcanoes20
Igneous Features22
The Rock Cycle24
How Igneous Rocks form26
How Sedimentary Rocks Form28
How Metamorphic Rocks Form30
Rock Landscapes32
The Ages of the Earth34
Rocks and Fossils36
How Minerals Form38
Geological Maps40
Reading the Landscape42
Mineral Ores44
Collecting Rocks and Minerals46
Classifying Rocks48
WORLD DIRECTORY OF ROCKS50
Identifying rocks52
Igneous Rocks54
Volcanic rocks: silica-rich rocks54
Andesites56
Trachytes and spillite58
Basalts60
Glassy rocks62
Volcanic froth and ash64
Volcanic debris66
Ultramafic rocks68
Olivine-rich rocks and carbonatite70
Syenites72
Plutonic rocks: granite74
Granitoids76
Gabbro and diorite78
Gabbroic rocks80
Dyke, sill and vein rocks82
Pegmatites84
Sedimentary Rocks86
Lutites86
More mudrocks88
Sandstones90
Arenites and wackes92
Rudites94
Biochemical rocks96
Limestones (carbonate rocks)98
Ooliths and dolostones100
Chemical rocks102
Organic rocks104
Metamorphic Rocks106
Metamorphic rocks: non-foliated106
Mafic metamorphic rocks108
Marble110
Foliated metamorphic rocks112
Slate114
Schists116
Gneiss and Granulite118
Rocks altered by fluids and other means120
Space rocks122
Glossary124
Index126